Answers about the Night Sky

Answers about the Night Sky


Solar Eclipse Aug. 21, 2017

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, starting roughly around 9:00 a.m. PDT off the coast of Oregon, the Moon will begin eclipsing the Sun. A total eclipse of the Sun will be visible starting around 10:15 a.m. PDT, crossing the U.S. from west to east through parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. The eclipse will pass through South Carolina roughly around 2:30 p.m. EDT. The Moon will completely clear the Sun off the coast of South Carolina by around 4:00 p.m. EDT. Even if you can’t travel that day to the path of totality, the Moon will produce a partial eclipse, visible from almost all of North America as long as the sky is clear.

The NASA videos below provide more information about the eclipse that for some will be a once in a lifetime event! 


To purchase safe solar eclipse viewing glasses and a handy guide to the eclipse, visit the Observatory Shop.

NASA will also provide live images of the total eclipse at

Click on the map below and enlarge for more detail.
Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 map

Scroll down for more solar eclipse information!

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